Today probably felt for most of you like a grey-ish inter-Christmas-New-Year sort of nothingness. For me, however, after a few hours of reflection, it felt unique. Perhaps – one never knows until afterwards – even cathartic.
I’ve maintained from Day 1 of The Slog that the site is unaligned. But today I decided that The Slog is anti-aligned. It is opposed to the very idea of anything followed by the word ‘Party’ or ‘School’. It is against anything with a line that must be followed.
The Slog’s greatest enemy is ideology, for that is the enemy of discovery and creativity. Ideology is the false law of the controlling Priest, and the security blanket of the secret policeman. Ideology is the triumph of bigoted hatred over open-minded compassion.
The belief systems, religions, and idealistic creeds of the Past soon enough morph into agents of repression, violence and hypocrisy.
There is on the one hand the Christian ethic, and on the other the Spanish Inquisition. The former is seen by many as a generally good thing, the latter by most as a perversion of that ethic…….at least partly caused by an unhealthy relationship between an Imperial State and a long-depraved Catholic Church.
There is on the one hand the French Revolution, and on the other The Terror. There was the 1917 Russian naval mutiny, and then Stalinism. There was the Rainbow Revolution in South Africa, and now there is Zuma.
Across the spectrum of opinion – be it financial, scientific, political, religious, demographic or geographic – once the Absolute Truth of yesterday has been found wanting today, the diehard fundamentalists  increasingly insist that only more of the same holds the key to the future.
This never varies, whether the ‘one more heave’ loonies are derivatives defenders, climate anoraks, quantum physicists, Friedmanites, socialists, creationists, jihadists, feminists, political correctionists, globalists, multiculturalists or superblocists.
In fact, the more the empirical evidence renders the beliefs untenable, the more censorious, repressive, violent and abusive the hard core birdbrain becomes. Those who question the motives of minorities are dubbed racist, sexist, paedo, sicko, homophobic, Islamophobic, fascist, NVE, anarchist, and/or élitist.
At base level, the Belief dictatorship catechism is anti-democratic (because democracy is about the rule of the majority) and illiberal (because it steadfastly refuses to give any ground – or voice – to alternative interpretations).
It is also the antithesis of social utility built on fieldwork, data, refinement and citizen fulfilment. It is systemic at the expense of humanity.  It puts the genocidal apparatchik above the cooperative pragmatist. Above all, it detests and rejects originality as the threat it so obviously is to self-assigned privilege.
Ideology gave us Wounded Knee, Auschwitz, the Gulags, the Rack, the SS, the Cold War, the European Union, Tienaman Square, the Killing Fields, the persecution of innocent entertainers, insane levels of immigration into Britain,  a Tory victory in 2015, the Labour List, the Conservative Party, the KGB, ClubMed austerity, our dysfunctional UK education system, huge propelling white elephants in the North Sea, and Diane Abbott as Shadow Foreign Seceretary.
Enough. Please – everybody – seek out a radical species consensus, not a risible specious cacophony. Only harmonious decency will rid us of these troublesome Priests, their archaic Parties, and their kneebone-headed disciples.